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Art & Design

Ode to Odd Instruments

Ode to Odd Instruments

Michael Hearst plays a tune using unique instruments, including a stylophone, theremin and quirkier ones like the otamatone and the daxophone. He should’ve used a waterphone too.

LEGO Imagine Ads

LEGO Imagine Ads

LEGO murals by blackbulb creations for Ogilvy’s bus stop ads in Singapore. When viewed head on, the murals provide a LEGO-fied view of the actual surroundings behind the frame.

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A History of the Title Sequence

A History of the Title Sequence

A meta-title sequence for a fictional documentary about the title sequence by Jurjen Versteeg. Features the names of some of the best title designers and their trademark elements or effects.

Depth of Speed: The Bond

Depth of Speed: The Bond

Sky Lund talks about his love for the classic BMW 2002 sports sedan. Even if you’re not into cars, I think we can all relate to Lund’s passion and agree that his ride is one fine piece of work.

Kinect Music Video

Kinect Music Video

A Kinect, a laptop, an LED projector and a program called FaceTracker were used to project the visuals on the face of BELL vocalist Olga Bell in real time in this video for their single Chase No Face.

Chromatic RPM Prints

Chromatic RPM Prints
$50-$100  Buy Comment

Paul Octavious provides a fresh, dynamic yet familiar perspective, capturing the hypnotic swirl of vinyl records as they spin. Features records of the Beatles, Firefall, Dan Fogelberg and Burl Ives.

Decision Coins

Decision Coins
$12  Buy Comment

Too lazy to call heads or tails? Making a choice doesn’t get simpler than this. Made of “old English pennies, flattened, stamped and polished by hand.” If Two-Face was British, he’d probably use this.

California Series Desks and Tables

California Series Desks and Tables
$1650-$2950  Buy Comment

The Golden State – you can live in it, skate it, and now you can eat and work on it. These beautiful wooden desks are made by J. Rusten Furniture Studio. Made of salvaged Claro walnut and steel.

Umbro: Blackout

Umbro: Blackout

Chris Silas Neal’s promo video for Umbro’s New York Cosmos Blackout collection. It tells the tale of hall of famer Carlos Alberto Torres’ arrival in the middle of the infamous ’77 blackout.

BMW Art Car Collection

BMW Art Car Collection

Now you can view and learn more about each of the 17 “works of art on wheels” of the legendary BMW Art Car collection online, from Andy Warhol’s BMW M1 to Olafur Eliasson’s H2R prototype.

Dyslexie Font

Dyslexie Font

Dyslexie is a typeface specially designed and proven in studies to help dyslexics read. Designed by Christian Boer (who is also dyslexic) of Studiostudio. Too bad it’s so expensive.

Up House Replica

Up House Replica

It’s not going to fly, but at least you can live in it. Bangerter House obtained permission from Disney to build a life-sized (2800 sq.ft.) replica of the iconic house from the movie Up.

The Ultimate Hitch Cookbook

The Ultimate Hitch Cookbook

Made by Pascal Monaco and his fellow students as their graduate project at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hanover. How many pages would the Michael Bay cookbook have?

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Tattly Temporary Tattoos

Tattly Temporary Tattoos
$5/2-pack  Buy Comment

From the founder of swissmiss comes a hip new store for temporary tattoos. Since Tattly is online, people can easily submit designs, so pretty soon there’ll be something for everyone.

Fan-made Bioshock Posters

Fan-made Bioshock Posters

Stefan Petit spent 6 months recreating all of the posters he could find in Bioshock. Unfortunately he can’t sell the posters without getting sued, but at least we can download them for free.

Odo Yakuza Tokyo

Odo Yakuza Tokyo
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A photo essay of the infamous Japanese mob by Anton Kusters, perhaps the only Westerner allowed such intimate and long term access to the Yakuza. Book leaf through here; interview here.

Team iLuminate

Team iLuminate

One of the favorites to win this season of America’s Got Talent, Team iLuminate make use of a patent-pending wearable wireless lighting system. Clever choreography and great production.

LetterMPress iPad App

LetterMPress iPad App

LetterMPress lets you experience traditional letterpress printing on the iPad. Every step of the process is emulated, providing a familiar interface for experts and a friendly start for beginners.

HPosters Harry Potter Comics

HPosters Harry Potter Comics

(SPOILERS) HPosters are Lucy Knisley‘s series of illustrated and lighthearted re-telling of all of the Harry Potter books. You can download high-res versions of the posters for free here.

Err

Err

Jeremy Hutchison wrote to manufacturers that mass produce items and ordered one of their products, with a special request: let one of their workers deliberately screw it up. More at the link.

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Pixbag SLR Camera Bag

Pixbag SLR Camera Bag
$64-$70  Buy Comment

Pixbags are padded SLR camera bags made by Chocmuf. What they lack in protection, they make up for in style. There are dozens of designs and supported camera models.

Airigami

Airigami

Artists Larry Moss and Kelly Cheatle have developed the unique art of “airigami”, which they describe as a combination of sculpture, puppetry and origami. Check out their website to see more.

Walls Notebook

Walls Notebook
$17  Buy Comment

If you’re a closet graffiti artist, avid doodler or if you just hate blank paper, the Walls Notebook is for you. Has 80 pictures of New York City walls waiting to be your page, board or canvas.

Splitscreen: A Love Story

Splitscreen: A Love Story

The winner of the 2011 Nokia Shorts Competition, JW Griffiths’ Splitscreen: A Love Story was shot entirely on a Nokia N8. Hardly a new concept, but still well executed. Making of video here.

Loaded Objects Ceramics

Loaded Objects Ceramics
$150-$445  Buy Comment

These highly detailed, sleek and sexy hand made slip-cast ceramic lamps are created by Ryan Weigner. Features 9mm and AK-47 lamp stems and bodies. Fixture, shade, cord and plug are included.

Hole in the Wall²

Hole in the Wall²

See that loose brick in the middle? Stuart Ashen stumbled upon this wall in Jurnet’s Bar in Norwich, UK while shooting video for a project. Prepare your best Xzibit impersonation and watch the vid.

Cafe/day Coffee Shop

Cafe/day Coffee Shop

Suppose Design Office imbued the Cafe/day coffee shop in Shizuoka, Japan with a spacious feel mainly by extending road lines and symbols to the shop’s floor, which is also made of asphalt.

Mass Effect 2 Garrus Cosplay

Mass Effect 2 Garrus Cosplay

This detailed (pre-rocket damage) Garrus costume was made by Robert Rodgers. It has a total of 75 LEDs, the Turian’s trademark visor and a moveable mouth. Contact Rodgers if you want to order one.

Everything is a Remix: Part 3

Everything is a Remix: Part 3

Kirby Ferguson reminds us of the importance of copying and emulating in innovation and progress, as counter-intuitive as that may sound. Help him complete the documentary by donating here.

Lomo La Sardina Camera

Lomo La Sardina Camera
$59-$100  Buy Comment

Lomography’s limited-edition La Sardina collection is inspired by the humble sardine can. Each 35mm camera has a 22mm wide-angle lens, a multiple-exposure switch and a rewind knob for effects.

Möbius Ship

Möbius Ship

Ship in a bottle? Pfff. Tim Hawkinson’s Möbius Ship twists in upon itself, a visual metaphor for Moby Dick‘s Capt. Ahab’s all-consuming obsession with the titular whale.

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